Uko is hearing from the Tigers

Chino (Calif.) defensive tackle George Uko is one of the hottest names in the West for the 2010 recruiting class, and the LSU staff already has the 4-star's attention.

One of the most dominant performers at the Under Armour/Scout Combine in Los Angeles last spring as just a sophomore, Uko is already grabbing attention from a number of coaching staffs, as well as some offers to boot.


"George's process is going really well," said George's father, Johnson Uko. "He got an offer from Oregon in November, and was also offered by Nebraska. He is hearing from a lot of schools, and LSU is one of them."


Where did the California-native's interest in the Tigers stem from?


"He likes LSU because it is a school that is well known for the play of their defensive line," Johnson said. "I compare George to a player like Glenn Dorsey, so he likes LSU because guys like Dorsey have gone through and had success."


Will the 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive tackle make a trip to Baton Rouge over the next year to find out more about the Tiger program?


"I definitely believe that we will be coming to see Baton Rouge," Johnson said. "He likes the school, and if they offer a scholarship then he will want to go and see things. Distance is not a problem. I will be taking him on his visits, and I see some others being to Nebraska, Oregon and Florida."


What will the 4-star be looking for in a potential college choice?


"George will take his visits and look at some different things at each school," Johnson said. "He is going to play wherever he goes, so that is no matter. I want him to go to a school where he likes, and if they offer then he will consider them. Academics will also play a role, but the final decision will be his to make."


Note: As a junior at Don Lugo, Uko was all-league and had 87 tackles, six hurries, five sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and scored a touchdown (offensively). Uko was also named team Defensive MVP and all-Mt. Baldy League as a 2007 sophomore with 29 tackles and 2.5 sacks.


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